Publications

Here are some of our recent OP-Eds

Regional security/Region
Pakistan-India Peace Initiative

Pakistan-India Peace Initiative

An agreement between the Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan marked the beginning of yet another round of peace talks between the two countries after a long gap. The statements made […]

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Government & Politics
Rise of Religious Parties: Blind Love or Hybrid War?

Rise of Religious Parties: Blind Love or Hybrid War?

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”- Friedrich Nietzsche Love is considered to be the most precious part of human nature. For most Muslims around the […]

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Society
Food Insecurity: A Threat to National Security

Food Insecurity: A Threat to National Security

Pakistan is grappling with a plethora of socioeconomic, development, and agricultural challenges. Among them, the country’s inability to adequately feed all of its population—a problem known as food insecurity—dominates the list and requires urgent […]

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International Economy
 Economic Security in a World Context

Economic Security in a World Context

“Apart from winning the war, there is no task facing society today so important as the elimination of economic insecurity,” wrote the famed economist Abba Lerner in 1943, as ideas of how to grapple […]

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Domestic Economy
Economic Corridors like CPEC: A Vital Element of National Security

Economic Corridors like CPEC: A Vital Element of National Security

Economic Corridors like CPEC: A Vital Element of National Security Connectivity is vital for generating revenue and prosperity not just for a single state but the region as a whole. Connectivity opens new doors of […]

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Nuclear
The Role of Nuclear Deterrence in a Changing Security Environment

The Role of Nuclear Deterrence in a Changing Security Environment

In world politics, a new era has begun due to global power shifts. This, at least, is the presumption that has emerged in the United States’ discourse over the last few years and was […]

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Environment
Pakistan’s Vulnerability to Climate Change:  Need for Collective Action and Responsibility

Pakistan’s Vulnerability to Climate Change: Need for Collective Action and Responsibility

Climate change has emerged as one of the major threats of the 21st Century. It's impacts are already being widely observed in different regions of the world. These include melting glaciers, rising sea levels, […]

276 views

Defense
How US Navy Exposed the Limits of Indo-US Strategic Cooperation

How US Navy Exposed the Limits of Indo-US Strategic Cooperation

A seemingly small but significant incident has served a timely warning to the United States that it should neither over-estimate Indian security commitment against China nor neglect the ultimate and longstanding Indian ambition of […]

366 views

National Narrative
Economic Security within National Security

Economic Security within National Security

The first Islamabad Security Dialogue (ISD) was conducted in mid-March 2021 with the aim of drawing upon national and international thought-leaders to discuss how Pakistan’s national security calculus should more accurately reflect the nation’s […]

317 views

Global view
Security Narratives in the Age of Globalization

Security Narratives in the Age of Globalization

In many nations, the narratives around the notion of “national security” have evolved over a passage of time in many countries. Although early scholars of warfare such as Sun Tzu did highlight the importance […]

413 views

Airforce
Proliferation of Drone Technology in the Middle East

Proliferation of Drone Technology in the Middle East

The Middle East holds great importance due to its geopolitical position. The region has been embroiled in conflicts for a long time. The presence of oil, conflicting interests of major powers and the sectarian […]

354 views

Society
Social Protection, the Ehsaas Program and Pakistan’s Security Framework

Social Protection, the Ehsaas Program and Pakistan’s Security Framework

The first ever national security dialogue of Pakistan, the Islamabad Security Dialogue, while laying out a new strategic framework for the country underscored that human security and economic security were at the core of […]

294 views

India
BJP Rule and its Impact on Indian Society

BJP Rule and its Impact on Indian Society

A nation’s success is determined on various indicators, including GDP; however, GDP is no longer the most effective measure with new metrics in play. Another indicator that defines a nation’s success is the policies that the government […]

289 views

Regional security/Region
The United States: A Bystander, Balancer or Peace Broker in Future India-Pakistan Relations?

The United States: A Bystander, Balancer or Peace Broker in Future India-Pakistan Relations?

Despite the recent ceasefire along the Line of Control, the prospects of improved Pakistan-India relations remain bleak and uncertain. This pessimistic situation has been created by India itself in recent years when New Delhi […]

342 views

India
Modi’s Peace Overture: Genuine or a Trojan Horse?

Modi’s Peace Overture: Genuine or a Trojan Horse?

The recent thawing of relationship between the two bitter rivals in South Asia should be welcomed by the international community and a majority of the citizens on either side of the divide. That the […]

385 views

Environment
The Cowboys of Climate

The Cowboys of Climate

In what is being seen as a major White House initiative to bring countries back together on issues of climate change, the Biden administration has released a list of 40 countries that will serve […]

413 views

Nuclear
The Importance of a Nuclear Security Culture

The Importance of a Nuclear Security Culture

As demand for nuclear energy increase, many states are developing long-term plans for production and consumption. But as research and development expands, for example of small modular reactors, can these states ensure a reliable […]

339 views

Government & Politics
Biden’s Foreign Policy Agenda and The New World Order

Biden’s Foreign Policy Agenda and The New World Order

The Post-World War II world order is in flux because the rise of China and the resurgence of Russia has worried the United States which has resultantly provoked Beijing and antagonized Moscow. This has accelerated […]

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International Economy
On Central Bank Independence

On Central Bank Independence

The notion of central bank independence (CBI) is both sensitive and complex, driven not just by a local economic context but by larger international "conventional wisdom" on what monetary authorities should do. In Pakistan, […]

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Regional security/Region
The US-Indo Pacific Shift: Opportunities for Pakistan

The US-Indo Pacific Shift: Opportunities for Pakistan

The United States (U.S) National Defense Strategy of 2018 issued under the Trump administration states that the "failure to meet … defense objectives will result in decreasing U.S. global influence, eroding cohesion among allies […]

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National Narrative
Democratising the Security Debate

Democratising the Security Debate

The Islamabad Security Dialogue concluded last week has stirred a dynamic debate on the country’s future security outlook. The dialogue hosted by the National Security Division (NSD) involved five leading think tanks which are […]

259 views

India
What Our Elders Knew

What Our Elders Knew

The flame of hatred towards the Mussalman has long simmered in India. It has always radiated intensely in the backdrop of Indian society, as structural violence and systemic discrimination. At times, however, it has […]

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International Economy
BRI and the QUAD Plus: Emerging Avenues for Regional Development

BRI and the QUAD Plus: Emerging Avenues for Regional Development

South Asia, Southwest Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa rank among the least developed regions of the world. With abysmally low scores on the Human Development Index (HDI), these regions are investment-starved and have poorly developed […]

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Regional security/Region
Revisiting Balakot Lessons

Revisiting Balakot Lessons

The air skirmish between Pakistan and India on February 26-27, 2019 following a suicide attack on India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Pulwama two weeks earlier was a watershed moment in an already […]

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